Dave Murphy, Principal of Coral Shore High School, has been chosen as the Monroe County School District selection for the 2013 University of Florida Distinguished Educator Award. This award is granted to a select few individuals who are identified by their colleagues as exceptional educators. The program was created by the University of Florida in 1988 to honor the important role teachers and school administrator play in shaping the lives of Florida's children.
Awardees are recognized for fostering excellence in student learning, providing leadership at the school, district, state and/or national level, demonstrating a strong commitment to creating a climate of caring and respect among all educational shareholders, and also for serving the larger community through volunteerism in civic and/or charitable organizations. Principal Murphy's vision for excellence, his energy and creativity along with his attitude toward professional development motivates his staff to seek the best avenues for student growth academically and also for their professional growth.
He is recognized for his data based decision making and his ability to validate teachers' input and move ahead with priorities to improve the quality of daily classroom instruction at Coral Shores High School. Superintendent Mark Porter said "Mr. Murphy's leadership goes beyond the building level.
He has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the revised teacher evaluation system, serves on the district review team for software purchases, worked as a science administrative liaison in curriculum mapping for K-12 science education and served on the Monroe County Collective Bargaining Team for five years.
He has also served the Florida Department of Education as a developer for the biology end-of-course test.